Badgers light lamp late but fall to Minnesota in shootout

MADISON, Wis. — When the Badgers and Gophers lock horns, it’s always a tight battle and Saturday was no different.

The Badger women’s hockey team scored in the dying moments of the third period to force overtime, before falling in a shootout.

There was no shortage of goals on Saturday. Vivian Jungels lit the lamp first for Wisconsin less than 10 minutes into the first period. The Gophers would respond though, with Peyton Hemp scoring a short-handed goal to tie the game.

The Badgers took the lead back at the beginning of the second period, with Laila Edwards scoring her fourth goal of the season. But then, the Gophers turned the game on its head. Hemp scored her second of the night to even things up, then Grace Zumwinkle scored to give Minnesota the lead heading into the second intermission.

Wisconsin tried all they could to tie the game in the third period but weren’t finding any luck. Minnesota goalie Skylar Vetter registered 13 saves. With the game on the line, the Badgers pulled their goalie in favor of an extra skater. The gamble paid off, and Britta Curl found the back of the net with just 10 seconds remaining to force overtime.

That’s where the Badgers’ luck ran out, however, as they couldn’t beat Vetter a fourth time and ultimately came up short in the shootout.

The loss moves Wisconsin’s record to 10-2-1, 7-1-1 in the WCHA. They are still firmly in third place in the conference standings, with a rematch against Minnesota on tap for Sunday.

That game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at LaBahn Arena.